Bibi ka Maqbara – Mini Taj

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Built by Aurangazeb in honor of his first wife, Dilras Banu Begum, it was completed by his son…Called Bibi ka Maqbara, it tries to replicate the Tajmahal and was designed by Ata-ullah, son of Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, the architect of the Taj Mahal. (source-Wikipedia).

We heard of this in Shirdi when we were in midst of our vacation. We had taken a road trip to Maharashtra from Bangalore and it was particularly exciting since I love driving. The Bibi ka Maqbara is located in Aurangabad. I have always felt these vacations better compared to travel abroad. There are so many things we are not aware of within India and which are a joy to experience. The Mini TajMahal was a totally new experience and a site to behold.

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  1. a beautiful way to pay tribute. Thank you so much for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop so much fun Hugs!

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      thnx

  2. Suzy says:

    Lovely pic. I so agree – India has so much culture and history. I’ve seen a lot of it, but still plenty more to go.

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      As Indians its sad that we haven’t seen so much as the tourists who visit us but its the same everywhere right?

  3. Shilpa Garg says:

    A mini Taj Mahal… was not aware of this monument. Came to know about it when you posted pics on Facebook and now reading about it here… There is so much to explore and experience in our country! Fab click too!

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      I would say we can spend our whole life finding new places here and it still will not be sufficient

  4. Never heard about this. It’s true we can learn something everyday. I am fascinated by India and this is a nice little piece of information to know!

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      India really is undiscovered territory in a way.So much to see

  5. Aditi says:

    Wow fabulous. It seems as exquisite as Taj Mahal. True, India has so much to offer and so many unexplored beauties…

  6. Kati says:

    Beautiful picture, didn’t know there was a mini-Taj Mahal. Lovely shot!

  7. Rainbow Hues says:

    This looks lovely!

    And I agree, there are so many beautiful places in India that have yet been unexplored.

  8. Hey I really thought it was the Taj. But, it’s another jewel and looks so divine. Kajal is right! There are so many beautiful and heavenly places in India that goes unexplored:)

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      Yep it looks like Taj photoshopped wrongly no? 🙂

  9. Truly an awesome picture! Members of my family went to India just to visit the site and the day they were there it was unexpectedly locked down. They were so sad. Thank you for sharing this beautiful picture on the blog hop!!

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      Did they come to see the TajMahal or this one? Both are very different structures.

  10. marjak says:

    Great picture with that awsome blue skye and the reflection!

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      thnx Marjak

  11. Roland Theys says:

    Beautiful building with reflection, beautiful photo!

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      thnx Roland

  12. Lakshmi says:

    Would love to go there sometime..India is indeed filled with amazing places to be discovered

  13. ladyfi says:

    Wow – what a fabulous shot!

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      thnx!

  14. Mary says:

    Soooo beautiful! Love the reflections!

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      thnx

  15. obsessivemom says:

    Oh yes I’ve seen this one while on a trip with my friends. It’s beautiful and such an exact replica. You brought back some lovely memories.

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      It was my first visit and a surprising discovery

  16. Stunning picture, indeed ! That is one of the place I would be glad to discover, if I could travel.

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      it was a surprising discovery for us too

  17. Viera M says:

    Fabulous picture…great architecture…Thanks for sharing…

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      my pleasure

  18. Jim says:

    So beautiful and the light makes it magic.

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      thnx !

  19. Karl says:

    This is a wonderful photo, my compliments!

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      Thanks Karl and keep visiting the blog !

  20. Steffi says:

    Wow!Fantastic ophoto and building!

    1. pravsphenomenon says:

      thnx

  21. Anoop Negi says:

    A lovely take. I do remember having seen some other monuments that were touted as the proto types for the Taj Mahal. One of them being the Ibrahim Rauza in Bijapur in Karnataka. The design of this tomb served as an inspiration for the famous Taj Mahal.

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